Honda currently offers four crossover SUVs. However, the number will increase after this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show because the automaker plans to introduce an all-new high-riding model there. The new crossover will use a familiar name, though. According, to the Japanese carmaker, the SUV that’s going to make debut in a week will be called the 2019 Honda Passport. The nameplate was used in the 1990s also for an SUV. The revived vehicle has been teased by a video, while my photographers managed to catch a testing prototype earlier this year, so I think I know what the Passport brings.
Judging by the video and according to the automaker, the 2019 Honda Passport will offer pretty respectable off-road abilities. That’s not too odd at all, because the all-new crossover is going to be built at the same plant as the Pilot and Ridgeline. This means that the new SUV may use the same platform and parts as the amazing 8-seat SUV. Of course, the chassis will be shortened for the Passport’s needs. The upcoming model will be notably smaller than the Pilot but also larger from the CR-V.
Also, the 2019 Passport us going to resemble a lot to the larger sibling. The resemblance will be the most notable in the front, while the rear hatch and profile should offer more aggressive lines. So far, I am sure for the new taillights because the teaser video shows a pair of unique lights in the back. I suppose that the cabin of the 2019 Honda Passport is going to mirror the Pilot as well. Of course, there will be certain differences, but these two will likely share the same technologies.
The new crossover SUV will most probably use the same engine as the Pilot. The V6 will deliver around 280 horsepower and will feed either front- or all-wheel drive system via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle could get an optional 9-speed auto gearbox.
By introducing the Passport crossover, Honda is not only trying to fill the gap between the Pilot and CR-V, but it also brings a worthy opponent to the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. Still, let’s wait for the official word of the automaker before we make any conclusions.